Bottas takes pole after an exciting showdown at Nürburgring, Verstappen on P3
By Tomas Mota 10 October 2020 | 16:15
Valtteri Bottas takes pole position at the Nürburgring, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, who will start from P2 and P3 respectively at the Eifel Grand Prix. For a moment it seemed as if the Dutchman could grab pole, but Mercedes turned out to be too strong.
During Q1, Nico Hulkenberg came into action as a replacement for Lance Stroll, who was feeling ill. However, he could not set a good time, as he had no time to practice. The German qualified P20, but got compliments from Racing Point.
Verstappen was able to finish first in the first qualifying session, while Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finished in second and third place respectively. Alexander Albon did not get further than eleventh position. The dropouts next to Hulkenberg: Romain Grosjean, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi and Kimi Raikkonen.
Q2: Mercedes tries alternative strategy
At the start of the second session, both Mercedes drivers immediately popped out on the yellow medium tires. Hamilton and Bottas tried a different strategy by starting on this compound, but moments later it turned out to be too dangerous. Both drivers later decided to set a time on the red compound softest tire.
In the meantime, Verstappen was on P1 for a long time during the session, but towards the end of Q2 the Limburger was again overtaken by Hamilton. At Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel was unable to qualify for Q3, while Charles Leclerc did. The remaining dropouts: both AlphaTauri drivers, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kevin Magnussen.
Q3: Red Bull and Mercedes are very well matched
Red Bull and Mercedes turned out to be very close to each other. Bottas and Hamilton were at the top for a while, but Verstappen took provisional pole, just 0.068 seconds ahead, in the early stages of qualifying.
In the end, Mercedes turned out to be simply too fast: in the second run Bottas could rise to pole, followed by Hamilton. The Limburger qualified third, Leclerc surprisingly completes the second row for tomorrow. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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